Category Archives: Flooding

Rainfall slowing fieldwork and crop progress in Iowa


A third consecutive week of above-average rainfall across the state limited farmers’ fieldwork and put added stress on crops, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Iowa Crop Progress & Condition report for the week. There were just 2.6 days suitable for fieldwork … Continue reading

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Iowa communities hopeful as water levels recede


Despite heavy rainfall in Iowa over the past weeks that has taken its toll on the state, some Iowa communities are remaining cautiously optimistic that the storm may have passed. Coralville Lake is currently expected to crest at 711.3 feet, … Continue reading

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Iowa farmers affected by recent storms and flooding


Recent storms and flooding has damaged crops and other property for farmers in western Iowa and neighboring states. June’s average rainfall was 9.61 inches, roughly an inch less than July during the flood of 1993,  while water levels seen on … Continue reading

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Asphalt: both victim and culprit of Iowa flooding


Heavy rainfall throughout Iowa over the weekend caused flash floods in several cities, resulting in two deaths and causing millions of dollars in infrastructure damage. Some of the most striking damage was to Iowa’s roads. Floods closed off residential roads and highways … Continue reading

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Severe weather and heavy rains pound eastern Iowa, rest of state


  Heavy precipitation and severe storms have caused flash floods, power outages, and other issues as approximately 2.5 inches of rain fell in Iowa City Monday afternoon. The series of storms – known as a “derecho” – also produced gusts as … Continue reading

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New analysis spells out risks of climate change on Midwest business


An extensive risk analysis report released Tuesday outlines what a warmer climate could mean for U.S. private and public sectors, with significant shifts in store for the Midwest. The report was released by the Risky Business Project, an effort to … Continue reading

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Iowa hydraulic engineers are helping clean London’s River Thames


London’s River Thames is being flooded with sewer waste, and researchers at the University of Iowa are contributing to the problem’s solution. Hydraulic engineers at the IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering are building scaled models of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, a 16-mile tunnel … Continue reading

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Iowa Flood Information System a useful resource


With wet conditions persisting and more rain predicted, a tool created by the Iowa Flood Center at the University of Iowa can provide useful information to Iowa cities and residents. The Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) draws data from hundreds … Continue reading

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High rainfall may lead to record flooding in Northwest Iowa by Saturday


With sections of Iowa seeing as much as ten inches of rain over the last 72 hours and more rain in the forecast, Iowans are bracing for record flooding and water damage across the state. The National Weather Service predicts the Big … Continue reading

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Iowa water levels in good shape for 2014


  Normal snow levels over the winter season and cooler spring temperatures may lead to a more moderate 2014 in Iowa, according to state water and climate experts. In an interview with KCRG, Mike Gannon of the University of Iowa’s IIHR … Continue reading

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